Category Archives: Opinion

Future of Exmouth’s war memorial discussed

War memorial in The Strand Gardens, Exmouth

War memorial in The Strand Gardens, Exmouth

There’s quite a debate going on over on Streetlife about the war memorial in The Strand. After a £3m redevelopment into a public square, people are unhappy about the use of the space around the memorial, which is Grade II listed and cannot be moved or changed without planning permission. Some want to put railings around it. Others are happy to see the space in use by a wide range of people, from markets to young skateboarders. Next year of course is the centenary of the start of the First World War. Should it be fenced off? You can comment here, or follow the discussion on Streetlife.

Comment: Who will win the Exmouth supermarket war?

The latest twist in the saga of redeveloping Exmouth town centre is the disclosure that Waitrose is considering a store on the site of the bus station. According to the Exmouth Journal, they’ve been in talks with landlords Devon County Council. I expect if it went ahead, that would scupper a rival scheme promoted by East Devon council to put a store on its land currently used by rugby club nearby.

I thought our elected representatives were meant to be working together for the good of the town. It seems though the reality is secrecy and double-dealing. It’s about time they all sat down together and came up with a coherent set of proposals, instead of apparently competing with each other to develop the land they (and that actually means we the people) control. The councils need to remember they act on our behalf and should be acting in the town’s best interests, not in their own self-interest like competing lords of the manor.

Comment: No cash for Christmas lights in Exmouth

Strand Gardens, Exmouth

Strand Gardens in Exmouth town centre

So Exmouth Town Council is refusing to stump up the £10,000 needed for Christmas lights this year, blaming a lack of will among traders to share the cost, according to this week’s Exmouth Journal. Well that’s a sad state of affairs.

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Comment: New twist in Exmouth cafe saga

Strand Gardens, Exmouth

Strand Gardens in Exmouth town centre

The redevelopment of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth has taken another twist with the suggestion of a major rethink for the proposed centrepiece building. Planning permission was granted, despite major opposition from similar town centre businesses, for a two-storey glass-fronted cafe, including a peformance area and bus shelter.

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Mediawatch: Hot off the press – passion wagon ‘on its way to Exmouth’

Comment on the edition of the Exmouth Journal of Thursday, May 26, 2011

An unusual story popped up in the Exmouth Journal on page 7 this week – the suggestion that a “sex bus” run by two prostitutes called Roxy and Ronnie may be stopping off in the Exmouth area on a tour of the Westcountry.

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